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Sheet Pan Nachos!

Sheet Pan Nachos!

Sheet pan nachos are so simple! They are the perfect meal to throw together at home when you’re craving a little comfort. This recipe has everything you love about your favorite bar nachos but takes layering to the next level. Every chip gets a little love this way! 

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°. 
  • Cover a sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper (it makes clean-up a breeze!!!). 
  • Spread a few handfuls of chips out evenly over the pan.
  • Sprinkle half of the toppings over the first layer of chips as evenly as possible . 
  • Cover with a second layer of chips. 
  • Top them off with the remaining toppings. 
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. 

You’re just looking for the cheese to melt perfectly so it won’t take too long. If you want a little extra crisp, use the broiler for a couple of minutes but keep an eye on the nachos so they don’t burn (broilers can be finicky beasts). 

I like to add the fresh ingredients like cilantro and green onions after the nachos are done baking. Adds a little extra brightness to the dish! 

Ingredients

  • Donkey Chips Salted Tortilla Chips
  • Block Cheese (Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar & Pepper Jack shredded at home)
  • Ooey-Gooey Nacho Cheese Sauce (Recipe Below)
  • Pulled Pork (Other great options? Chicken, ground beef, chorizo, steak)
  • Black Beans & Pinto Beans (With two generous scoops of Adobo Sauce for heat)
  • Diced Fresh Jalapeños
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Minced Green Onion
  • Guacamole (I use Frontera Spicy Guacamole Mix with four avocados instead of the recommended two)
  • Salsa (We keep jarred salsa in the fridge but I love buying fresh salsa from the grocery store as a special addition to our Mexican Nights. Cub Foods makes a great spread of fresh salsas, available in the produce section)

Ooey-Gooey Nacho Cheese Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz. can of nacho cheese sauce (typically found in the Hispanic or Ethnic food aisle at the grocery store)
  • ¼ to ½ cup Au Jus or Broth 
  • 2 tbsp chopped green chiles (optional)

Directions

In sauce pan, start to heat nacho cheese sauce over low heat. Add green chiles. Mix well.

Slowly add liquid. Mix well. Continue until desired consistency is reached. 

Allow cheese sauce to simmer slightly. Stir constantly to avoid burning. 

Serve hot.

Use spoon to drizzle cheese sauce over sheet pan nachos. 

The Isaacson Brothers – Nacho’ Average Realtors!


@LindsayGuentzel

 www.lindsayguentzel.com

National Bagel Day!

National Bagel Day!

I love bagels. And I’m not just saying that because this is a blog post about National Bagel Day. I’ve always loved bagels. Hot and toasted with a good old spread of delicious cream cheese over the top. Maybe a breakfast sandwich with egg, melted cheese and crispy bacon. An everything bagel loaded with turkey, tomato and sprouts, topped off with a spicy garlic aioli. To me, bagels are the perfect carb vessel. 

When I was 24, I lived a few blocks from Bde Maka Ska in south Minneapolis and my Saturday morning routine in the summer was almost always the same. A large black coffee from Caribou paired with a toasted rosemary bagel with bacon scallion cream cheese from the Bruegger’s on Lake Street. Enjoyed on a bench just feet from the lake, typically with a friend seated next to me as we dissected life’s greatest challenges over a low-key brunch.

When I decided to cut gluten out of my diet, I mourned carbs — specifically, I mourned bagels. I mourned finding an amazing bagel while traveling, an impromptu breakfast from the corner bodega in New York City or a quick lunch at a cute little bistro like proper bagel in Nashville. The old-school delicatessen in Berkeley, ordering a plate full of lox, red onion, capers to load up on a crispy bagel while sipping bottomless cups of coffee. 

Again, I love bagels. 

The good news? The Twin Cities is loaded with amazing locally-owned bagel spots for both gluten and gluten-free bagel lovers and I’ve offered up a few awesome suggestions for you below. The perfect way to celebrate this very important holiday. 

Rise Bagels

North Loop

530 North 3rd Street

Minneapolis

Years ago, I attended one of Rise Bagel’s test kitchen pop-ups. For a long time, sister duo Kate and Jen Lloyd sold their organic artisan bagels at farmer’s markets across the Twin Cities. And then they decided to open up a shop. So they settled in to put together a menu of delicious, unique bagels, cream cheese and sandwich offerings and I was lucky enough to be invited along as a friend’s plus-one to partake in the luncheon. 

Their brick-and-mortar store in North Loop is beautiful. The perfect surrounding for the products they offer. I ordered a large coffee (with an extra shot of espresso) and settled in to enjoy my Smoked Salmon sandwich on a gluten-free bun. This dream of a sandwich combines all of my favorite traditional fixings that scream ‘BAGELS’ — smoked salmon from Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth, red onion, cream cheese, capers and dill. 

Rise Bagels is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8am to 1pm (or until they sell out) and they offer online ordering and curbside pick-up. 

The Smoked Salmon sandwich, featuring Northern Waters Smokehaus smoked salmon (IYKYK)
The delicious options at North Loop hotspot Rise Bagel

http://www.risebagel.com/

Hark! Cafe

Warehouse District

430 North 1st Avenue

Minneapolis

Did you know Minneapolis has a 100% vegan, gluten-free, celiac-safe restaurant? I didn’t either until last week when I started doing some research for this post. Hark! Cafe is a brand-new cafe in downtown’s Warehouse District (in the old Rosen’s location on 1st Avenue, for all of us oldies out there). It’s beautiful. Bright and open and colorful, even with the COVID-restrictions in place. 

Hark! is the lovechild of two best friends, Katherine and Lisa, who met in college and now spend their days reinventing their favorite recipes to fit the plant-based, gluten-free lifestyle. Am I vegan? Nope. But I’m open to trying everything. So I went for it with a toasted onion bagel loaded with garlic cream cheese, tofu “egg”, grilled pepper and onions, and vegan cheddar. 

It was delicious. And the bagel — which was the real reason for my visit — was awesome. The texture was like an old-school bodega bagel, nice and crispy on the outside but chewy on the inside. It was a bagel!!!!! (If you know anything about gluten-free baking, you know that texture is hardest thing to nail and these bagels taste just like bagels). 

Hark! Cafe is open for takeout Tuesday through Sunday. 

A tofu breakfast sandwich on a toasted onion bagel with garlic cream cheese at downtown Minneapolis’s newest cafe Hark!

https://www.harkcafe.com/

St. Paul Bagelry

1702 Lexington Ave North

Roseville 

5426 Nicollet Avenue

Minneapolis

St. Paul Bagelry is owned by sisters Dodie and Peggy who opened up their second location in Minneapolis in 2017 after acquiring a cult-like following in the St. Paul suburb. And they make over 3,000 of their New York-style bagels every day.

Besides offering the classic bagel and cream cheese combo, St. Paul Bagelry has a long menu featuring breakfast sandwiches, lunch options and even pizza on a bagel that’s made-to-order (called the bagizza). St. Paul Bagelry bagels are also available at stores across the state, from Duluth to Rochester with a few locations in Wisconsin and northern Iowa as well. 

My suggestion? The MacGyver — hot roast beef, Swiss cheese, garlic herb cream cheese, green pepper and red onion on an onion bagel. 

St. Paul Bagelry’s two locations are open seven days a week with online ordering available as well.

The Joni Mitchell at St. Paul Bagelry (Source: @stpaulbagelry on Instagram)

http://www.stpaulbagelry.com/

Like this? Be sure to share it on social media and tag @isaacsonbrothers and Lindsay! And stay tuned for more posts on great places to check out in the Twin Cities.
To learn more about Lindsay, visit her here:

http://www.lindsayguentzel.com


www.lindsayguentzel.com

ICE. CREAM.

ICE. CREAM.

It’s time Minnesota. It’s finally that time. Where we can finally feel the warmth of what is that? Oh yes, the sun! It’s officially summertime and we couldn’t be more ready. Every year we deserve an award for getting through those unforgiving winter months and then the tease that is called spring. What better way to treat yourself than to an ice cream? Even though we will for sure eat ice cream when its -20 degrees out, but it’s more fun when you can actually sit outside and enjoy it. We scooped out (punny!) two uniquely different ice cream shops in our beloved Twin Cities that will have you drooling by the end of this blog post.

The first stop on our ice cream escapade was to Wonders Ice Cream Shop in Saint Paul. Wonders Ice Cream Shop is Minnesota’s First Rolled Ice Cream Shop. Now if that isn’t special, I don’t know what is. Not close to Saint Paul? No worries. Wonders Ice Cream has shops in Blaine, Maple Grove, Burnsville, and Mall of America! Woah. Why did we pick the Saint Paul location? Rolled. Ice Cream. Taco. You read that right folks! At the moment these fiesta wonders of the world are only available at their Saint Paul and Maple Grove locations. The Rolled Ice Cream Taco has a chocolate waffle cone in the shape of a taco shell that is then stuffed with your flavor of rolled ice cream and the toppings of your choice. We chose vanilla as our ice cream and toppings included bananas and strawberries.

 

What is rolled ice cream? It is a popular treat in Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, and the Philippines. The ingredients are laid out on a surface that is about -20 degrees Celsius. Once all the ingredients are prepped and evenly distributed, it is pushed with a spatula that turns it into rolls. They are placed in a cup and topped with any ingredient you could imagine. We also tried the Cookie Monster one of their signature menu items. Topped with Oreo’s, chocolate chip cookies, and we added Teddy Grahams for good measure. Get on the bandwagon because rolled ice cream is the treat of your dreams this summer. Plus it makes quite the Instagram post. Check out their website HERE!

 

Our second stop was to MN Nice Cream in Northeast Minneapolis. I mean the name in and of itself should make you smile. This place is all about the toppings. Glitter people. Glitter! Edible glitter! This place is Instagram heaven. Not only is every scoop of ice cream Insta worthy, you have plenty of backdrop options to choose from, adorable pastel striped colored walls, a neon ice cream sign, and not to mention their ice cream trucks that sit outside in the parking lot.

 

We ordered the waffle cone with Trix, vanilla soft serve ice cream, and loaded on those toppings with glitter, sprinkles, and Fruity Pebbles. I guess you could call this a breakfast dessert, not to mention the size of this thing was as big as our heads. Scrumdiddlyuptious! Location is prime here being next to Able Seedhouse + Brewery. There are plenty of benches to sit on outside and parking is ample with having a parking lot right across the street. Go simple with the ice cream or load on the toppings. They also offer Vegan ice cream! There is something here for any ones taste buds. Check out their Facebook page HERE!

 

So get out there and treat that sweet tooth of yours! You deserve it. Happy summer folks!

Brotherly love…??

 

Content Creator: Leah Isaacson